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Tha_Stepside
03-25-2007, 08:03 PM
Im thinking of putting a locker in my front HP D44 on my 78 F-150. What kind of drivability issues on the trail am i going to face. Do the detrioits give enough wheel speed differential to make it drivable on trails or am i going to have to go with an lsd (truetrac)?

Toyquad
03-25-2007, 08:24 PM
get the locker. i have welded and hardly have a problem turning on a trail. yeah its not as good as open, but its the price you pay for being able to leave open diff trucks stuck on a trail.

m j
03-25-2007, 08:43 PM
if you are local I can show you

MetalMan
03-25-2007, 08:45 PM
Go for the locker. Limited slips don't seem to do all that well offroad, from what I've seen. Better then than open, but not by a whole lot. Don't weld though, I've got a welded front and it is a complete bitch to steer when both hubs are locked.

BeerBaron666
03-25-2007, 09:20 PM
lock it you'll be glad you did[cheers]

get stuck
03-25-2007, 09:50 PM
i know i guy that had a true trac in his f150 and it worked awsome

Tha_Stepside
03-26-2007, 12:49 AM
i have a friend with a truetrac and he got stuck lots, wheras my buddy with a welded never got stuck, but he had to get out and unlock the hubs everytime there was a sharp turn

u2slow
03-26-2007, 12:52 AM
Lockright in the front of mine. It's a little different to drive on trails. Benefits far exceed the minor drawbacks.... faster return-to-center, maybe your 3-point turn takes a point or 2 more (hey - but you're not getting stuck while trying to turn around [36])

Tha_Stepside
03-26-2007, 12:57 AM
good call, locker here i come

Apathy
03-26-2007, 08:19 AM
good call, locker here i come

don't forget the alloy shafts when you put in a locker.

expecially with V8 power

Tha_Stepside
03-26-2007, 09:52 AM
ive got a 300-6 done to the tits, headers .475" lift cam, 4bbl intake, flat-toppers. About 275HP think ill need stronger axels?

Kinslayer
03-26-2007, 10:01 AM
What size tire?

Tha_Stepside
03-26-2007, 10:06 AM
35/12.50/R15 mud kings soon to be MTZ's

Tha_Stepside
03-26-2007, 10:06 AM
and 4.10 gear ratio with the lockers

Apathy
03-26-2007, 11:14 AM
ive got a 300-6 done to the tits, headers .475" lift cam, 4bbl intake, flat-toppers. About 275HP think ill need stronger axels?

Yep!
Unless your gonna run 31's or something.

I have a 3.0l v6 and i've busted 2 short side inners

those I6 ford engines are TORQUIE!

MetalMan
03-26-2007, 07:41 PM
You'll bust the front end eventually, but if it's in decent shape now you'll likely get a season or so out of it, more if you wheel carefully with a light foot. I wouldn't be in any big rush to change axles. If you've got money waiting to be spent, though, you might as well.

m j
03-27-2007, 04:51 PM
you will spit the caps out of the ujoints so I hope you are good at changing shafts
invest in aftermarket shafts with full circle snaprings

In The Zone
03-27-2007, 04:58 PM
or tack em in.... when they go u usually fuk the ears any ways...
i got a spare welded third for ttb d44 im gonna throw in when i do the v8 swap n shit. on the BII

Apathy
03-27-2007, 06:55 PM
I'm running a stock Nissan v6 3.0L. My rig hit the road for the first time last march. I have since broken 2 ujoints. 1 wich led to ear destruction, the other ended in shaft breakage.

no crawler gears and i wasn't on it that hard in either situation. wheels straight (more or less)

just some info for you to make your own decision

Nile
03-27-2007, 07:21 PM
i want to to lock my rear

derricklordon
04-01-2007, 08:07 AM
just installed 2 luch box lockers in my truck it was very easy if your not changing gears anybody should be able to manage. Im a bmw tech. and even i could figure it out

sdillen
04-03-2007, 11:40 AM
I put lockers in both ends of my truck (stockish Ranger) and I can't believe the improvement offroad. Stories about lousy turning were overstated....it's different from open but not that bad. Stories about breaking parts are probably accurate....3rd time out I broke the ears off a from axle-shaft yoke. I'm sticking with the story that there was a previous crack which weakened the part.......